Thursday, 08 November 2018: Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, has asked for a more clinical performance from his players in the second one-day international (ODI) against Australia taking place at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. The bowlers were almost faultless in the opening match in Perth to dismiss the home team for 152 in 38.1 overs, and it is with the bat that Du Plessis has asked for more ruthlessness and improvement. Also Read - Say Anything Bad About Virat Kohli And You Get Absolutely Hounded: Pat Cummins
It is often said to never change a winning combination, but the captain admits the limited opportunities in a three-match series could warrant a few tweaks to scout as many players as possible. All-rounders, Chris Morris, and Dwaine Pretorius are options, while left-arm wrist-spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, is also a look-in in potentially slow drop-in pitch conditions. Also Read - Batting Legend Rahul Dravid to Speak at MIT Sports Analytics Conference
“It was a great start for us,” Du Plessis said to the media at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. “I would have liked us to be more clinical in making sure we won that game with eight or nine wickets in the shed after the great start we had with the bat. They bowled well and there was assistance in the pitch. Also Read - Twitter Reactions: Fans Divided After Quinton de Kock's Controversial Gesture Results in Fakhar Zaman Run Out
“For this game, we are still looking at combinations,” he admitted. “The obvious thing would be to play the same team but we are constantly thinking of how we can get guys more experienced for the World Cup and to fine-tune that perfect balance we are after.”
The Adelaide Oval holds many fond memories for Du Plessis, memories that have shaped him into the leader and cricketer he is today. They scale from the high of a determined Test century on debut in 2012 to overcome the toughest week of his career with a resilient century in challenging surroundings during the 2016 ball-tampering case.
“I love coming to Adelaide,” he said fondly. “This ground is probably my favourite in the world when it comes to playing cricket. I have some extremely good memories, Adelaide and Newlands are my two favourite grounds.